Mark Sanford on IRS Commissioner Koskinen

I am writing you give you an important update on the effort to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen.

At about 5pm tonight, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) formally requested that the House vote on a resolution to impeach.

This vote was blocked before we could even get to it by a procedural vote…but long story short, the resolution has been sent to the House Judiciary Committee. What happens next there is yet to be determined.

I am in favor of impeaching Koskinen and, accordingly, voted to force an impeachment vote tonight. That vote failed by 180 to 235, but given the significance of impeaching […]

Jeff Duncan on IRS Commissioner Koskinen

Last night, a group of conservatives in the House tried to force a vote on impeaching the IRS Commissioner. Unfortunately, only 72 of us voted against tabling the resolution to send it back to the Judiciary Committee, where it had already been debated in depth and ample testimony had been provided. Here is a list of the Members who demanded an immediate vote on impeachment:

Aderholt
Allen
Amash
Babin
Barton
Bilirakis
Blackburn
Blum
Brat
Bridenstine
Brooks (AL)
Buck
Byrne
Chaffetz
Davidson
DeSantis
DesJarlais
Duncan (SC)
Fleming
Garrett
Gohmert
Gosar
Graves (LA)
Griffith
Harris
Hartzler
Herrera Beutler
Hice, Jody B.
Huelskamp
Hunter
Johnson, Sam
Jordan
Kelly (MS)
King (IA)
Labrador
LaMalfa
Lamborn
Long
Lummis
Marchant
Massie
Meadows
Messer
Mooney (WV)
Mulvaney
Noem
Palmer
Pearce
Perry
Pitts
Posey
Ribble
Rigell
Roby
Rohrabacher
Rooney (FL)
Rouzer
Russell
Salmon
Sanford
Schweikert
Stutzman
Wagner
Walberg
Walker
Weber (TX)
Webster (FL)
Williams
Wittman
Yoho
Zeldin
Zinke

Sen. Tom Davis’ statement on Leatherman vote

Printed below is the statement I entered in the South Carolina Senate Journal following the members’ election of the President Pro Tem earlier today:

Today, by a vote of 34 to 9, the Senate elected Sen. Hugh Leatherman to be President Pro Tem for the next two years. I was one of the nine “No” votes and I enter this statement in the Journal to explain the reason for my vote.

The office of President Pro Tem in the Senate confers extraordinary powers to its occupant, ranging from appointments to state agencies and legislative conference committees, and beyond. That office also, however, […]

Senate to change bill-killing rules

Tuesday discussions will include some potential rule changes in the SC Senate.

From TheState.com:

The S.C. Senate is set to change some of its rules Tuesday in an effort to make it more difficult for a single senator to block legislation.

The move is important because the Senate’s rules have been used to stall passage of important proposals in recent years — delaying ethics reform for years and, more recently, blocking passage of a gas-tax hike to pay to repair the state’s crumbling roads and bridges.

The Senate’s GOP majority is likely to:

▪ Eliminate “minority reports” – a mechanism that senators use to block bills […]

Bill Chumley shares about upcoming legislative session

A few weeks ago Representative Bill Chumley visited with us at our November Spartanburg Tea Party meeting and shared about some bills he’s considering for the legislation session that begins January 2017.  From my notes:

1. Courts should use common law and American law as precedent, not foreign courts.

2. Protect teachers who want to share religious beliefs, or have prayer.

3. SC Voluntary Infrastructure Act – develop a method for SC residents to use their PIN or zip code at gas pumps to obtain lower gas tax than visitors from other states purchasing gas in SC.

4. Allow First Responders to be armed.

5. […]

Did YOU get your letter from Katon Dawson?

Katon Dawson, a former SCGOP Chairman sent a letter to all and sundry this past week letting us know he’s thinking of running for SCGOP Chair at the state convention in May 2017.  Who can vote for SCGOP Chair?  You are eligible – that process begins in March at our precinct reorganization meetings, and continues at our April county convention.  As you think about being a delegate AND finding like minded folks you can invite to join you and become a delegate, let’s consider a few Katon Dawson facts.

From Ballotpedia:
In 2008, Dawson ran for the chair of the Republican National […]

Trump and Nikki and Henry and Hugh …

What exactly will happen in SC now that Trump has appointed Nikki Haley to the UN?

Well, it’s confusing, and fascinating …

Brian Hicks at The Post and Courier reports:
Since the announcement last week that Gov. Nikki Haley is leaving to become ambassador to the United Nations, the Statehouse has been awash in line-of-succession parlor games. Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster will become governor sometime early next year, but the question is who takes his job?

Right now that would be Leatherman, who is the Senate president pro tem. The problem is that, in South Carolina, Senate president pro tem is one of the […]

State Pensions go to NON-State Employees

Surely not you say.

But this is South Carolina.

This might be something you want to put on your ‘to be discussed’ list with your legislators…

Reported by Duncan Taylor at TheNerve.org:
With the state pension system unfunded by billions of dollars and getting worse every day, how is it that non-state agencies are being allowed into the public pension system?

That’s exactly what’s happening in South Carolina.

State employees can participate in the system, of course; that’s what it’s designed for. But the purpose gets murkier when others join in, such as special-interest groups and their lobbyists.

One example: The South Carolina Association of School Boards. […]

Latest news on the Greenville Hospital System being GIVEN AWAY

If you are not aware of this complete breech of responsibility, visit http://ghsgiveaway.org/ and read the news stores by scrolling down and looking under Recent News.  Once you are caught up, perhaps you’ll want a chat with your legislator.  Look below at the FOUR REPUBLICANS who are still on board with this scheme.

From GHSGiveaway.org:

Very few legislators remain in the way (list below of legislators on the Greenville Delegation). Two of those working with GHS lost their elections, leaving just FOUR house members working in favor of the GHS giveaway.  Most importantly are those sitting on the fence, those who have refused […]

Dems about to find out the woes of the “nuclear option”

Posted at Gazette.com:

And before we begin … let me know say … “na nah na nah nah!”

 
Senate Democrats are not going to be able to block Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions bid to become attorney general. And they can’t do much to stop Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo from assuming the helm of the CIA.

And they have only themselves to thank for it.

That’s because exactly three years ago, the Democratic Senate majority — led by Harry Reid (Nev.) — rammed through controversial rules fundamentally changing the way the Senate does business. They unleashed in November 2013 what’s called the “nuclear option” allowing […]